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Camping can be fun nearly year-round, but it can quickly lead to illness or even injury if you’re not prepared and knowledgeable of the area--especially those that are overrun with zombies. It’s important to do a bit of research before hitting the campground so you can make sure you know exactly where you’ll be, what the exits are, and how to stay safe should something go bump in the night.
Whether you’re setting up camp in a campground or out in the open, there are some rules to follow, especially where food and drinking water are concerned. You’ll also want to be mindful of fires, animals, and biting insects. With a bit of preparation and the right tools, you and your fellow campers can have a great time outdoors--that is if you survive of course. Whether you are a zombie expert, a The Walking Dead superfan, or just someone looking to make it out alive, here are some of the best ways to get started.
Do your research
Before you begin planning for your trip, it’s important to choose the perfect destination, which will vary according to how up close and personal you are looking to get with the undead. Some locations will constantly test your survival knowledge, while others are relatively quiet, with only a single zombie or two passing through. Depending on your skill level and how you want to spend your time while camping--hiking, climbing, biking, or simply relaxing--you’ll want to check out all the available areas and pick the right one for you. For the more experienced camper, the U.S. offers great places to explore, especially in the Pacific Northwest. However, if you’re ready to see a bit more of the world, consider heading to Canada, where sites like Banff National Park offer stunning views of waterfalls and untouched backcountry terrain, mountains which beckon hikers, and a peaceful getaway from the noise and chaos of the city.
Bring plenty of drinking water, water-tight baggies, an insulated cooler, hand sanitizer, and a meat thermometer if you plan on cooking over an open fire. Utensils, plates, cups or thermoses, trash bags, and a pot and pan should go into one bag, while bug spray, sunblock, Aspirin, toilet paper, a first aid kit, and any other toiletries you may need should go into another. Don’t forget to bring zombie gear too -- a crossbow, knife, or whatever weapon you fancy that can get the job done. It’s also a good idea to bring a whistle or other means of communication so you and your fellow campers can help each other out should an emergency arise, such as a zombie attack.
Keep food safe
Meat should always be well cooked and kept cold until you’re ready to use it. Always wash or sanitize your hands after handling meat, and dispose of any bags that held the raw meat immediately. Don’t leave any food lying around camp, as it can attract animals and zombies.
Remember never to use a grill or heater in an enclosed space (such as the tent), as it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or a fire. Always ensure the campfire is out before retiring for the night and never leave it unattended. It is best to put the campfire out early to not only give it time to cool down, but prevent it from attracting nearby zombies.
Watch your temp
The weather can be a tricky thing when you’re hiking and working up a sweat; a chilly fall day can feel like summer. It’s important to keep this in mind when you’re outdoors so you don’t become overheated or too chilled. Dress in layers, stay well hydrated, and wear a hat, which can keep you warm or keep the sun out of your face. You need to always be on your toes when it comes to zombies, and heat exhaustion could prove fatal.
Maintain a safe campfire
More often than not, a camping trip includes a crackling campfire, but your dinner of roasted hotdogs could turn into a dangerous wildfire if you aren’t taking the necessary precautions. The most common fire extinguisher is water, but it’s a smart idea to have several options on hand such as a shovel to suffocate the fire with dirt, a fire blanket, or an actual fire extinguisher. Take extra steps to prevent a fire outbreak by building your campfire away from flammable material, keeping a check on the weather to avoid wind gusts, and making sure the fire pit is completely cool before retiring to your tent. Should the fire get out of hand, notify the proper emergency personnel and evacuate immediately. It is never a good idea to try to fight a wildfire on your own, and the zombies most certainly won’t be of any help to you.
Practice water safety
No matter where you go camping, if you’re near a body of water, you’ll want to practice good water safety. That means wearing safety gear such as a life vest every time you go in or are on a boat, never swimming alone, taking a shower (if possible) before and after you swim, and never swallowing the water or going in when you feel sick or have had diarrhea. Remember that the best way to ensure everyone in your group stays safe is by keeping communication open, so have each person be responsible for sharing their location and stay together as much as possible.
A little forethought goes a long way when you plan a camping trip. By making sure you do your research, pack smart, and stay safe, you can have an amazing adventure that will provide a lifetime of memories, zombies included.
- Michael Bourke